Backcountry skiers have long been known to trim a few branches here and there to give themselves a clear run. But now some forest experts in Vermont say the practice of “glade-ing” has gotten out of control.
According to an article in the Burlington Free Press, the practice has become especially harmful to sensitive habitat at Camels Hump State Park, which is a favorite destination for backcountry skiers.
The illegal practice has long been thought to cause little damage. But that has begun to change in the last decade, according to experts who recently discussed the problems of glade-ing at a public meeting in Huntington, Vermont.